Remonstrate means to call someone on something that's wrong. If your mother yells at you in public, you might call this getting chewed out. She might call it remonstrating. Either way, it's embarrassing.

Remonstrate has its roots in a Latin verb meaning "to show," and it used to mean "to make plain." Which is why remonstrate is a word that puts the glow of respectability on the action of yelling at someone or telling them that they're wrong. The sense is that the person remonstrating is the victim — they're just making the injustice plain.

Definitions of remonstrate

v argue in protest or opposition

Type of:
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent

v present and urge reasons in opposition

point out
point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance
Type of:
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v censure severely or angrily

bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
censure severely
brush down, tell off
criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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